One of the biggest changes that will occur during the transition to autonomous vehicles is that there will be a dramatic shift in the mobility consumption model. Rather than owning cars, people will purchase mobility as a service in much the same way as they buy airline tickets today.
Already we are seeing a major move in this direction in metropolitan areas with the growing popularity of ridesharing services offered by companies like Uber and Lyft. Many young people living in cities no longer bother going to the trouble of obtaining a driver’s license, much less purchasing a car, because they can get around much more cheaply and conveniently using these and other micromobility services such as bikes and scooters together with public transport. Continue reading Notes from the field: the great mobility consumption model shift
At the STS Forum in Kyoto in October, one of the most interesting topics discussed was the huge challenge Japan faces dealing with its rapidly growing elderly population. The situation is particularly acute in rural areas, because most young people have left them to find work in the big cities and public transportation services are so limited that the elderly fight to hang on to their cars way past the time they are able to drive safely. As one speaker pointed out, this is leading to a growing number fatalities among young people caused by elderly drivers who, for example, press the accelerator rather than brake pedal.
Even though the UK and other developed economies don’t have quite the same proportion of elderly people in their populations, they too will face the same issues over the next two or three decades. A big danger is that many old people will end up spending the latter part of their lives virtually marooned in their homes because they are physically incapable of making it to the bus stop – much less getting to the clinic or hospital for a medical appointment or even the café or shop for a natter with friends. Continue reading Notes from the field: improving rural mobility for the elderly
It’s good to be back in Taipei after a bracing couple of weeks breathing in the sharp, fresh air of the south Lincolnshire fens.
I would like to claim that I was thinking Deep Thoughts during my daily walks along the surrounding country lanes and pathways, but I would say that my trip was more of a digital detox tour than an exploration of new intellectual frontiers. We get so much information thrust into our heads these days that it’s necessary find time to switch off. Continue reading Notes from the field: Deep Thoughts?
If you look back at the history of the tech industry, a major transition takes place roughly every decade that drives new applications, form factors, and usage models and expands the overall user base and market size.
In the 1990s, there was tremendous growth in the PC market as prices went down, notebooks became lighter and more portable, and a wider range of business and home software applications became available. Continue reading Great tech industry transitions: from the PC to Mobility